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14 Revealing Interview Questions

14 Revealing Interview Questions
Interview questions: Everyone has them. And everyone wishes they had better ones. So I asked smart people from a variety of fields for their favorite interview question and, more importantly, why it's their favorite and what it tells them about the candidate. 1. "For me, the most important thing about interviews is that the interviewee interviews us. "The candidate should have enough strategic vision to not only talk about how good the year has been but to answer with an eye towards that bigger-picture understanding of the company--and why they want to be here." Randy Garutti, Shake Shack CEO 2. "Except with entry-level candidates, I presume reasonable job skill and intellect. "So, I concentrate on character and how well theirs matches that of my organization. "This question opens the door for a different kind of conversation where I push to see the match between life in my company and what this person needs to be their best and better in my company than he or she could be anywhere else." 3.

Interview Questions That Expose Exceptional Performance In my last column, I detailed the one question that reveals everything a hiring manager needs to know to evaluate a candidate. The idea here is that getting a detailed, thoughtful answer to just this one question should represent the bulk of your interviewing time and effort. Why? If I've learned anything over the course of 5,000 interviews it's that clever or trick questions rarely reveal any insight about a candidate's character, technical brilliance, or leadership skills. While the assessment needs to be made in comparison to real job needs, or what I call a performance-based job description, you also need to look for exceptional performance -- regardless of context. Instead of box-checking skills, look for these clues to exceptional performance during the interview: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. The One-Question Performance-based Interview is a powerful tool for seeking out exceptional performance and finding exceptional people.

How to Handle Tough Interview Questions at Career Center Weekly Blog March 21st, 2011 From Commongood Careers *This article focuses on the nonprofit sector, but can be applicable to any and all interviews. Let’s face it. Not all interview questions are created equally, and some are more challenging to answer than others. In a nonprofit interview, candidates are expected to do more than talk about their professional skills. This article discusses some of the toughest yet most effective questions from actual nonprofit interviews, and suggests strategies for how to communicate the best possible answers to these questions. Why are you interested in this position with this organization? While this question may seem rather innocent and basic, the open ended nature of the question makes it difficult to answer well. With this type of question, hiring managers are generally looking to evaluate a candidate’s specific connection to the organization’s mission, as well as skill fit with the particular role. Avoid answers that are completely focused on you e.g.

Answering the ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ Question: A Candidate’s Guide to Making a Great First Impression While Interviewing Let’s face it, interviewing is stressful enough without having to answer stupid interview questions. But unfortunately, many interviewers, because of habit, lack of preparation time, poor training, or yes, even laziness, often ask stupid questions. Of those, one of the most challenging is the oft used “Tell me about yourself” interview opener.What most candidates ask me about this insipid interview question is: “What do they want to know?” They want to know about you the candidate as a potential employee. They don’t want to know about your family, your last vacation, your hobbies, your religious beliefs, that you like the Cubs, or that you are a proud member of AA. If you are prepared, and seriously thinking about making a career change, you will have a prepared and thoughtful answer to this question BEFORE you begin interviewing.Why? To start the interview the candidate was asked the dreaded “Tell me about yourself” question.

Ten Tough Interview Questions and Ten Great Answers Mental fear of the unknown is often what produces the physical symptoms of nervousness. In addition to preparing yourself physically, you need to prepare yourself mentally. The best way to prepare mentally is to know what may be coming. Fear of the unknown can only exist when there is an unknown. Take the time to understand some of the standards when it comes to interviewing questions. The following are some of the most difficult questions you will face in the course of your job interviews. Others are classic interview questions, such as What is your greatest weakness? The following answers are provided to give you a new perspective on how to answer tough interview questions. Tell me about yourself. In reviewing these responses, please remember that they are only to be viewed samples.

The Power Of Networking - Black Collegian You’ve probably seen telephone commercials about being in an organization’s “network.” In building your own personal network, however, you don’t need to limit yourself to a particular brand or plan. When I was a teenager my father used to always tell me, “It’s not necessarily what you know, but who you know.” Of course, as a teenager I didn’t take his statement very seriously, thinking that it was typical “parent talk”. The meaning of the word “network” has evolved over the years. Networking is not about using people; it can be mutual and it’s about building relationships. So what’s the first step in the process? Have your script ready. Consider having business cards printed. Who is in your network? When attending a networking event, remember that you are there to greet, not to eat. Career fairs present excellent networking opportunities, with one caution. Social media is an obvious method of networking. One of the most important steps in the process of networking is follow-up.

Interviewers Often Ask About Weaknesses